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Transitional Care and ACO Quality Measures

Transitional Care and ACO Quality Measures A recent OIG report shows that ACOs are able to reduce Medicare spending and improve quality but that key areas for improvement still exist. The report, titled “Medicare Shared Savings Program Accountable Care Organizations Have Shown Potential for Reducing Spending and Improving Quality” analyzed data on the 33 quality…
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Reducing Readmissions with Transitional Care Phone Calls Between the SNF and ER

Reducing Readmissions with Transitional Care Phone Calls Between the SNF and ER A recent study by the Journal of Hospital Medicine on the “Perspectives of Clinicians at Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF) on 30-Day Hospital Readmissions” revealed some key insights into the causes of unplanned returns to the hospital. The study, which collected qualitative interview responses…
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5 Ways Discharge Phone Calls Can Reduce Readmissions

Discharge phone calls play a significant role in decreasing unnecessary hospital readmissions not only in practice but also in identifying where workflow and culture changes are warranted. Standardizing your discharge phone call operations by utilizing a centralized calling resource and electronic documentation not only makes your calls more productive and efficient but allows for trend…
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The Evolution of Discharge Phone Call Programs

Since the introduction of the Hospital Readmissions Prevention Program (HRPP) much effort has been mustered by both acute and post-acute providers to decrease the number of patients that return to the hospital within the first 30 days after discharge. One of the more effective interventions for reducing readmissions have been discharge phone calls. Many popular…
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